and negativity on your whole being, the wisdom of insight

can slowly dawn. And in the all-revealing clarity of its sunlight

this insight can show you, distinctly and directly, both the

subtlest workings of your own mind and the nature of reality.


Two people have been living in you all your life. One is the

ego, garrulous, demanding, hysterical, calculating; the other is

the hidden spiritual being, whose still voice of wisdom you

have only rarely heard or attended to. As you listen more and

more to the teachings, contemplate them, and integrate them

into your life, your inner voice, your innate wisdom of discernment,

what we call in Buddhism "discriminating awareness,"

is awakened and strengthened, and you begin to

distinguish between its guidance and the various clamorous

and enthralling voices of ego. The memory of your real

nature, with all its splendor and confidence, begins to return

to you.

You will find, in fact, that you have uncovered in yourself

your own wise guide. Because he or she knows you through

and through, since he or she is you, your guide can help you,

with increasing clarity and humor, negotiate all the difficulties

of your thoughts and emotions. Your guide can also be a continual,

joyful, tender, sometimes teasing presence, who knows

always what is best for you and will help you find more and

more ways out of your obsession with your habitual

responses and confused emotions. As the voice of your discriminating

awareness grows stronger and clearer, you will

start to distinguish between its truth and the various deceptions

of the ego, and you will be able to listen to it with discernment

and confidence.

The more often you listen to this wise guide, the more easily

you will be able to change your negative moods yourself,

see through them, and even laugh at them for the absurd dramas

and ridiculous illusions that they are. Gradually you will

find yourself able to free yourself more and more quickly from

the dark emotions that have ruled your life, and this ability to

do so is the greatest miracle of all. Tertön Sogyal, the Tibetan

mystic, said that he was not really impressed by someone

who could turn the floor into the ceiling or fire into water. A

real miracle, he said, was if someone could liberate just one

negative emotion.

More and more, then, instead of the harsh and fragmented

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